Stone Brewing Invades Portland During Holiday Ale Festival Week


Today is packed full of Stone Brewing Co. news. It turns out the team from Escondido will be in Portland for the Holiday Ale Festival and a series of special events around town. This on top of the news today about the brewery’s new attempt to launch the “Golden Stout” and the latest Enjoy By IPA release. Stone Brewing Co. will have events from December 3 to 7 featuring special-release and one-off beers, as well as appearances by Liberty Station Brewing Manager Kris Ketcham and Craft Beer Ambassador “Dr.” Bill Sysak. Here’s what the San Diego County beer company has on tap:


Wednesday, December 3 to Sunday, December 7

Holiday Ale Festival beginning at 11 a.m.

Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 SW Sixth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

To celebrate the holiday season, more than 50 ales will be featured during this five-day beer festival, and Stone will be pouring a limited, one-off black barley wine called New Desecrator from its brewery at Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Liberty Station. General admission tickets are $35 and include a festival mug, 14 beer tickets and expedited entry for all five days. VIP tickets are $80 for the same offerings, plus 30 beer tickets and access to VIP beer lines and specialty beers. Additional beer tickets will be sold at the event for $1 each. Guests may pay for admission at the door or purchase tickets in advance online. For more information, visit

Friday, December 5

Meet Team Stone with Kris Ketcham and “Dr.” Bill Sysak beginning at 5 p.m.

The Green Dragon, 928 SE 9th Avenue, Portland, OR 97214

Join Kris Ketcham and “Dr.” Bill Sysak for an evening filled with limited, special-release Stone beers. Fans will have an opportunity to meet and mingle with the special guests, while enjoying two of Kris’ delicious creations—Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Liberty Station Witty Moron (a Great American Beer Festival gold medal-winning black witbier) and Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Liberty Station Buoy 1 SD Pale Ale—and other Stone rarities such as Lukcy Basartd Ale, 2014 Double Bastard Ale, Stochasticity Project Hibiscusicity, Stone Coffee Milk Stout, 2014 Stone Imperial Russian Stout, Chris Banker/Stone/Insurgente Xocoveza Mocha Stout, Spröcketbier (Black Rye Kölsch), Stochasticity Project Quadrotriticale, Stone Smoked Porter w/Chipotle Peppers and Stone Smoked Porter w/Chocolate & Orange Peel. For more information, call (503) 517-0660.

Saturday, December 6

Featured Brewers Tent with Kris Ketcham and “Dr.” Bill Sysak at 3 p.m.

Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 SW Sixth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

Meet Kris Ketcham and “Dr.” Bill Sysak at the Holiday Ale Festival as they pour delicious barrel-aged rarities from Stone’s Quingenti Millilitre program, including Spice Oddity (Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale aged in Red Wine Barrels), Fyodor’s Classic (2013 Stone Imperial Russian Stout aged in Bourbon Barrels) and 2011 Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine aged in Rye Whiskey Barrels. Click hereto purchase admission to the festival.

Sunday, December 7

Sunday Beer Brunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 SW Sixth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

Finish off the Holiday Ale Festival celebrations with a Sunday beer brunch. Guests will have the opportunity to rub elbows with “Dr.” Bill Sysak and Kris Ketcham while enjoying a European-style brunch menu and an impressive lineup of vintage specialty beers. The following Stone rarities will be served from 3-liter bottles: 2004 Double Bastard Ale, 2005 Double Bastard Ale, 2006 Double Bastard Ale, 2009 Double Bastard Ale, 2012 Double Bastard Ale, 2013 Double Bastard Ale and Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

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